Monday, October 13, 2014

A Spooky Snacks Halloween Playdate Party with Oreos and Wheat Thins

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One of the hardest parts of Halloween for my little guys is waiting until it's dark to get started with the neighborhood trick or treating. 
And it seems like we are ALWAYS rushing to get them something to eat before we go out!
So, this year, I thought it would be really fun to have a late afternoon/early evening Halloween playdate party for some of their friends. That way they can have their tummies full with great #spookysnacks before they get ready for all that trick or treating!
Halloween is on a Friday this year, and my big guy doesn't get off the school bus until 4:30. 
So how awesome would it be if he had a party waiting on him right when he got off the bus with some fun Halloween snacks? 

All you need a is a few simple ingredients from your local Wal-Mart to make this Halloween playdate super creative and fun!
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First, start with some Halloween Oreos. I mean, they are a Halloween party must! Right now, all these products are on special displays at Wal-Mart!
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Then, pick up some Wheat Thins,  Fanta (hello? Orange drinks!), and Dasani bottled water. 
Just watch what we are going to make with all these products!
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First, let's make some spooky Halloween Oreo trees for our table!
Here's what you will need: 

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2 Styrofoam cones (it is very important that you do not take the plastic off of them, to avoid the styrofoam particles getting in the Oreos)
2-3 packages of Halloween Oreos
Decorator Icing
A piping bag
Food coloring (optional)

The first step is totally optional, but I colored my decorator icing with some red and yellow food coloring to make an orange icing to match the inside of the Oreos.
If you are using regular Oreos, you can skip this step.
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Next, pipe some of your icing onto the tree and smooth it down with a butter knife or an offset spatula. It doesn't need to be perfect at all, just make sure you cover all of the cone. 
Next, pipe a little bit of icing on one side of the Oreo and then stick it to the cone.
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Keep repeating this step until you have the entire cone covered.
Finish with some chocolate candies or candy corn. 
I topped mine with cute little felt witch hats. 

Next, let's make an awesome and yummy pumpkin cheese ball for the kids to snack on with their Wheat Thins. 
This is a SUPER easy recipe that I have been making for years. There is no actual pumpkin in the recipe, it's just a really cute shape!

  • Ingredients: 
  • (8-ounce) blocks extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded 
  • (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • (8-ounce) container chive-and-onion cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • broccoli stalk
  • Red and green apple wedges

  • Combine Cheddar cheese and next 4 ingredients in a bowl until blended. 
  • Shape mixture into a ball to resemble a pumpkin. 
  • Cut the stem of a bunch of broccoli to resemble a pumpkin stem. 
  • You can make this ahead and store it in the fridge for up to two days. 
  • Serve with Wheat Thins. 
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Next, let's put our table together for our hungry trick or treaters!
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I started by hanging this lime green fabric on a wall in my home. Then, I hung these witches hats from the ceiling using clear craft lacing, to give the appearance of them floating over the table. 
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I used a piece of furniture that I already had in my breakfast room to create a very wicked Witches' Kitchen. I draped purple spiderweb fabric over the side and added some cute Halloween decorations to the table. Remember, giving a party display some height is really key in making it look polished and giving it visual interest.
I put the punch dispenser down low so that the kids could serve themselves.

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I displayed my pumpkin cheese balls in the middle of the table within kid reach, on a really cool spiderweb cake plate 

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 The cupcakes were also from the bakery at Wal-mart and they were the perfect little bite-size for kids. They are not too much and easy for little hands to hold and eat!
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 I added my Oreo trees to the side of the table, for the kids to reach up and get their own Oreos.
A little disclaimer here--you need to make these Oreo trees right before the party, to make sure that the cookies don't get stale! (Not that any kid ever cared!)
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 I love all the decorations on the Halloween Oreos!
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 I made a fun punch with the Orange Fanta too! It could NOT be easier!
Orange Fanta, Pineapple Juice, and Orange Sherbet. The kids loved it and my little one kept asking for more!
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And for the little ones who really want to hydrate before their big night of trick-or-treating, there was also Dasani water!
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Looks like they are enjoying themselves, right? 
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Another really fun way to use the Dasani bottles is to make them into fun luminaries for your front walk! After the party is over and the sun goes down, you can set them out to line your front walk to welcome the neighborhood to your door!

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I made these using some vinyl and my die-cut machine, but you could easily just use some tape or stickers! I painted over everything with orange spray paint. When the paint is dry, simply pull off the vinyl and you've got a DIY luminary!
Make sure you use battery operated tea lights, so that the heat doesn't melt the bottle.
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We had our next door neighbor girls, who have the prettiest costumes, come over and help us put out our luminaries right before it got dark and share our Oreos! Miss I put a magical Halloween spell on the Oreos for us!
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 I love how Miss E's monarch costume matches the cookies perfectly!
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Happy Halloween from our crew!

If you are interested in learning more about what fun things you can make with Oreos, Wheat Thins, and Fanta, you can find some really fun demos at your local Wal-Mart on the weekend of October 25th!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

{My Parties} Avery's Two-tti Fruitti Party

It's Tutti-Fruitti Time!
When Kristin first texted me about a birthday theme for her little Avery's second birthday, the first thing she said was that she loved Sheriff Callie and Fruit. 
I think Sheriff Callie is so cute and it would have made an adorable party, but I had to go with the fruit theme just because of the verbiage!
Two-tti Fruitti? What could be more perfect!
Plus, I love a challenge. 

I started out by contacting Jo Anne at Oh Goodie Designs because I saw a super cute fruit summer party themed invitation on her Etsy page. 
I asked her if she wouldn't mind personalizing it for this theme. 
Isn't it precious?
The fruit letters were so cute that I used them as the inspiration for the backdrop of the party.

I knew that this party would not be complete without honeycomb tissue fruit. I found a huge package of them at Devra Party and I knew I had to make them the backdrop. 
I always use a construction insulation piece as the backdrop for my parties because it is light, and most importantly, you can pin into it. 
So, I pinned all these fruits into the backdrop using straight pins. 
The giant pineapples are from Shindigz. And, they were GIANT! Like 3 feet tall each!
The beautiful fabric on the front of the table is from Hobby Lobby. Kristin loved it so much that she is going to use it in Avery's big girl room. It's so happy and fun!

I used the invitation as a jumping off point for these letters. I hand-painted them with simple craft paint to coordinate with the letters on the invitation. They were so easy, but they are SO cute!

I had to take pictures of these empty trays before the food went onto them because they were so cute! The watermelon ones are from Michaels and the round one is from the Oh Joy! collection from Target. I used a simple metal popcorn can for the risers. They were gold and I just sprayed them pink. 

The cupcake stands were from Home Goods. They were silver, but I thought that they would be cuter in white, so I spray-painted them. 
The delicious cupcakes were from Mad Lily Cakery. Kristin chose peanut butter and chocolate! YUM!

I ordered the fondant toppers from Lulu Bell Cakes on Etsy. She did an adorable job on these and they were the perfect touch!

For the wrappers, I simply cut a scalloped cupcake wrapper on my Silhouette out of brightly colored cardstock. 

I used one of my favorite cookie girls, Amanda at Semi-Sweet Confections for these beautiful fruit cookies. I am so lucky to have her local in Memphis!
Aren't they just gorgeous?
Kristin and I could not get over the banana. I have no idea how she made that icing have a ridge in it like that! They were also dusted in glitter, which made them even cuter, if that were possible!

I found these little wire pieces of fruit so randomly at Goodwill one day and I painted them to match the theme. They were just brown wire. 
And I LOVE them!
How cute are these watermelon rice krispie treats? The incredibly talented Bella's Bakery and Bowtique made these for me. They are so precious! The "seeds" are chocolate chips. 

Marie from Sweets Indeed just did an amazing fruit themed party and it was on Hostess with the Mostess. I had seen her doing these pineapple skewers all summer and I just about died over them. 
So, I knew she had to help me with this party. 
I LOVE her she interpreted the fruit theme by using "slices" of fruit on the tops of the skewers. I mean....adorable!

These cool neon plates are from my friends at Birthday Express. 

Look at this cutie-pie two year old!

I designed this awesome banner on They are my favorite vendor for custom banners because they allow you to design it yourself and add your own artwork. 
I love this one so much!

Shindigz also sent me a bunch of honeycomb balls in all different colors and some tissue festooning too. Tissue festooning might be my new favorite thing because it is SO versatile. I used it here to dress up the columns outside on the porch. 

I also used tissue festooning to make these adorable name banner. I cut the letters out on my Silhouette and then hot glued the festooning behind the letters. 
It looks so tropical and cute!

For my favor station, I found these cute pineapple straw cups at Dollar Tree at the end of the summer and I snatched up every one!
Then, the lovely Joyce at Cool Party Favors and Cute Favors sent these ADORABLE fruit bags!
Yes, they are little portable bags that zip back up into fruit shapes!


I used my Sizzix machine to cut these sweet little fruit shapes for the favor station. 
What I love about my Sizzix is that it cuts through glitter cardstock like butter! 
I simply cut a slit into each piece and threaded some clear craft lacing through it for a cute banner. 

And I added a couple to the favor sign too!

I left before some of the food arrived, which is why my table looks a little unfinished, but hey, that's what happens at a real party!

Vendor Resources:

Invitations: Oh Goodie Designs
Neon Plates, Cups, Napkins, Cutlery: Birthday Express
Fondant Toppers:  LuluBellCakes
Sweet Skewers: Sweets Indeed
Cupcakes: Mad Lily Cakery
Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats: Bella's Bakery and Bowtique
Giant Tissue Pineapples, Tissue Festooning, Tissue Honeycombs and Custom Banner: Shindigz
Fruit Tissue Honeycombs: Devra Party
Favor Bags: Cool Party Favors
Die Cut Fruit: Sizzix